I don't know if anyone spends as much time as I do attempting to source organic/eco friendly alternatives to the fabrics that they use, but if they do, and if you are one of those people, I thought I'd pull together a couple of my favourite UK based online sources for organic fabric:
- Eco Earth Fabrics - A good range of organic basic fabrics, such as sheeting, towelling, denim, and canvas, as well as hemp and bamboo fabrics. They also have a small range of prints, ginghams, shirting and jersey. If you're into making your own nappies etc, they also sell PUL (for wraps, change bags/mats etc), snaps, elastic trim, polyester fleece and pretty much anything else you might need to get started. I have ordered from them several times, and delivery has always been prompt and parcels well packaged.
- Organic Cotton UK - A pretty wide range of organic garment fabrics, including cord, denim, twill, gingham and shirting, as well as linen, interesting looking colour grown cotton and herbal dyed cotton. I haven't actually ordered from this company, but I have heard good things from someone else who has used them a couple of times.
- Ray Stitch - my new favourite online fabric shop (everything is so nicely photographed!) which holds a reasonable range of organic cotton wovens and jersey (look under the 'jersey' section of the fabrics page), as well as Cloud9 and Birch Fabrics organic quilting cottons. I'm about to cut into some beautiful handloom cotton I ordered from there a couple of weeks ago. The colours of the woven cottons are lovely, and delivery was prompt and well packaged. I really hope this is a fabric shop that goes the distance, as it's a lovely website. Oh, and there's a gallery where you can see finished projects made with the fabrics that they stock. For someone who can spend hours on Google and Flickr looking for different shots of the same fabric before ordering, this is very pleasing.
- Saints and Pinners - Decent range of organic quilting fabrics, including some of the Robert Kaufman organic cottons. I've ordered a few things from here, and have always had great service.
- Hemp Fabric - you'll never guess what they sell. But as well as hemp in every form you can imagine (including twill, canvas, denim, linen and knitted) they sell organic cotton, bamboo and soy fabrics and hemp twill tape and webbing (which looks great for making homemade clothing labels). I haven't ordered from here in a long time, but when I did the service was great, and the fabric swatch booklet I ordered along with my fabric proved very useful.
- M is for Make - Another stockist of Cloud9 organic quilting fabrics, and the first in the UK that I've seen to have the new Cut Out and Keep range available for pre-order. I haven't ordered from here, but I've noticed several UK bloggers that I follow recommend this store highly.
- Bishopston Trading - A handful of organic cottons, including some sweet ginghams and striped calicos. They also sell organic clothing, accessories and homewares. I haven't ordered from here, but know a couple of people who have with no complaints.
- The Cloth Seller - I literally came across this while googling organic fabrics, but they seem to have a pretty good range of heavier weight organic fabrics, as well as the usual quilting cotton and jersey suspects.
- Fair Trade Fabric - a big range of organic cottons in simple solids, checks and stripes, and a handful of cotton sateens. I haven't ordered from this site, but it comes recommended by Sew Eco author Ruth Singer on Whip Up.
- Ian Mankin - a full spectrum of ticking stripes in an organic cotton/linen mix. Again, recommended by Ruth.
- Near Sea Naturals - Great looking range of organic knits, including wool interlock and plenty of prints. Also plenty of printed wovens, a bit of a change from the usual quilting cotton options. Another Ruth recommendation.
As anyone in the UK who has ever attempted to buy interesting organic fabrics will tell you, sometimes you just can't get what you want from a UK store. So here are a couple of US-based sites that I've ordered organic fabrics from and had good service:
- Fabricworm - Probably the best range of organic quilting cottons I've come across
- Pink Chalk Fabrics - not a huge selection, but plenty of shades of the Robert Kaufman Pur organics solids.
- Fat Quarter Shop - plenty of organic quilting cottons, and the chance to pre-order a couple of ranges before they come out.
- Etsy - I don't think I've actually ordered any organic fabric, but a quick search for 'organic fabric' in supplies brings up around 2,000 results.